A YOUNG Winslow woman who has turned her life around after suffering sexual abuse as a child is now on a mission to help other children.
Sophie Wakeman, aged 22, was severely sexually abused by a neighbour as a child.
She told the Advertiser: “Nobody knew about what happened to me until 11 years later.
“I was threatened to secrecy.”
Miss Wakeman, who is studying for a degree in Working With Children and Young People, now plans to set up a charity for abused children, called Stars Have No Limits.
The goal is to set up a children’s home for young victims of abuse, alongside counselling and therapies for older victims.
Miss Wakeman, who volunteers with Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers, is herself training as a counsellor.
After years when she says she was “quite lost”, the turning point was winning a place on a bootcamp run by Padbury personal trainer Phil Robertson.
With his mentoring and support, she lost two-and-a-half stone and gained in confidence.
She said: “Phil showed me that absolutely anything I wanted in the world I could have.
“I will never forget what he did. This year has been the year I’ve really found myself. My dream has always been to find a way through my abuse to make a really positive difference.”
A fundraising Christmas Talent Show for Stars Have No Limits is being held at the Radcliffe Centre, Buckingham, from 7pm on Saturday, December 8.
Tickets cost £5 from 07842 236130 or firstname.lastname@example.org